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Fouad Abd El Khalick

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Science Education, Oregon State University, 1998
  • M.A., Science Education, American University of Beirut, 1995
  • T.D., Teaching Secondary School Science, American University of Beirut, 1993
  • B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut, 1991

Key Professional Appointments

  • Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010-present
  • Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004-2010
  • Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education, American University of Beirut, 1998-2000

Activities & Honors

  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011-present
  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Social Venture Award, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, 2014
  • Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Academic Leadership Program, 2013-2014
  • Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science , 2011
  • Special Recognition, $3,000, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award: Second Place and Honorable Mention, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2009
  • University Scholar, Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2009
  • Executive Board Member, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2004-2007
  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001-2006
  • Distinguished College Scholar, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • The NARST Early Research Career Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2003
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2001
  • Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2000
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 1999

Research Statement

My past interests include investigating science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge, and global and specific subject matter structures, and the use of concept maps as learning and assessment tools.

My research focuses on the teaching and learning about nature of science (NOS) in grades K-12, and in preservice and inservice science teacher education settings. There are several aspects to this research, including characterizing learners' views of NOS, developing and assessing the effectiveness of instructional approaches targeting learners' NOS views, using history and philosophy of science to promote learners' understandings of NOS, and investigating factors that facilitate or impede the translation of science teachers' NOS views into instructional practice. Currently, I am investigating the developmental appropriateness of NOS understandings that current national reform efforts in science education deem central to developing informed views of NOS. I am also researching the interaction between students' global epistemologies and worldviews, and their learning about more specific aspects of NOS.

Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning (EnLiST), National Science Foundation, 2009-2014
  • Principal Investigator, The development of global and science epistemologies during the school years, Campus Research Board, 2003-2005
  • Principal Investigator, Recruiting, Educating, Certifying and Retaining Underrepresented Populations in Teaching Science and Mathematics (RECRUIT), National Science Foundation, 2002-2008
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Using Technology to Enhance Achievement in Math, Science, and Literacy: A Middle School-University Partnership, Hewlett-Packard, 2001-2003
  • Principal Investigator, The Development of Views about the Nature of Scientific Knowledge and Knowing in the Middle and High School Years, Campus Research Board, 2000-2001

Select Publications

  • Waight, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012). Nature of technology: Implications for design, development, and enactment of technological tools in school science classrooms. International Journal of Science Education, 34(18), 2875-2905.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012). Examining the sources for our understandings about science: Enduring conflations and critical issues in research on nature of science in science education. International Journal of Science Education, 34(3), 353-374.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2012). Nature of science in science education: Toward a coherent framework for synergistic research and development. Second international handbook of science education. Springer: The Netherlands.
  • Abi-El-Mona, I., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2011). Perceptions of the nature and “goodness” of argument among college students, science teachers, and scientists. International Journal of Science Education, 33(4), 573-605.
  • Waight, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2011). From scientific practice to high school science classrooms: Transfer of scientific technologies and the realization of authentic inquiry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(1), 37-70.
  • Zeineddin, A., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2010). Scientific reasoning and epistemological commitments: Coordination of theory and evidence among college science students. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(9), 1064-1093.
  • Salloum, S., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2010). A study of practical-moral knowledge in science teaching: Case studies in physical science classrooms. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 47(8), 929-951.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Akerson, V. (2009). The influence of metacognitive training on preservice elementary teachers’ conceptions of nature of science. International Journal of Science Education, 31(16), 2161-2184.
  • Bora-Dogan, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2008). Turkish grade 10 students’ and science teachers’ conceptions of nature of science: A national study. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(10), 1083-1112.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Waters, M., Le, A. (2008). Representations of nature of science in high school chemistry textbooks over the past four decades. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(7), 835-855.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2005). Developing deeper understandings of nature of science: The impact of a philosophy of science course on preservice science teachers’ views and instructional planning. International Journal of Science Education, 27(1), 15-42.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2003). Socioscientific issues in pre-college science classrooms: The primacy of learners' epistemological orientations and views of nature of science. The role of moral reasoning in socioscientific issues and discourse in science education. Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, Netherlands.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (2001). Embedding nature of science instruction in preservice elementary science courses: Abandoning scientism, but... Journal of Science Teacher Education, 12(3), 215-233.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Lederman, N. (2000). Improving science teachers' conceptions of the nature of science: A critical review of the literature. International Journal of Science Education, 22(7), 665-701.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Lederman, N. (2000). The influence of history of science courses on students' views of nature of science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 37(10), 1057-1095.
  • Lederman, N., Abd-El-Khalick, F. (1998). Avoiding de-natured science: Activities that promote understandings of the nature of science. The nature of science in science education: Rationales and strategies. Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., BouJaoude, S. (1997). An exploratory study of the knowledge base for science teaching. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 34(7), 673-699.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F. (1980). Teaching with and about nature of science, and science teacher knowledge domains. Science & Education.

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